In January, PHC asked the public to share their thoughts on PHC's media project, Humanities on the Road. PHC just wrapped up the second season of this arts and culture-themed television series showcasing humanities presentations at cultural sites across Pennsylvania. Humanities on the Road features award-winning broadcast journalist Tracey Matisak, as well as talent from our Commonwealth Speakers bureau. A total of 24 episodes have aired on PCN-TV.
We received great feedback from the public! In fact, this was the largest response PHC has ever received from a survey. As an added bonus, the first ten people to respond received a Humanities on the Road DVD of their choice. We want to give a special shout-out to the 'first 10': Susan from Media, Linda from Harrisburg, Nancy from Philadelphia, Christine from Rutledge, Silas from Allentown, Gloria from Philadelphia, Maria from Mars, Karen from Harrisburg, Galen from Newville and Janis from Reading. Thank you to everyone who took our survey.
So, what did you tell us about Humanities on the Road? The episodes most viewers watched were "Lincoln and the Widow Bixby" presented by Judith Giesberg at the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia and "Thaddeus Stevens: The Politics of Freedom" presented by Steven Anderson at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. Both episodes focused on how regular citizens were impacted by the Civil War. You can watch these episodes, as well as other episodes from seasons 1 & 2, on PHC's YouTube page. Here's a clip of "Lincoln and the Widow Bixby":
A majority of the responders (63%) rated Humanities on the Road series as 'excellent' and even more responders (91%) told us they learned more about the humanities and the PHC as a result of watching the show. Here's a sampling of what other responders has to say:
"What I like the most (about the series) is that there is no other programming focusing on these issues anywhere on TV, and this makes each show a great resource for learning more about topics that you would otherwise only read about it books."
"I love the diversity of presentations that enlighten me about traditions and history and talents that are new to me. Most topics are entirely new to me and I learned so much."
"PHC does a wonderful job of providing programs that entertain and educate. I look forward to hearing more programs in the future."
PHC thanks all of our responders for taking the time to share their opinions. We invite readers to share their thoughts with us in the comments section.
Remember to visit the blog for more Humanities on the Road news and information about our current Commonwealth Speakers program.